“Ladies and gentlemen, with the 13th pick in the 1996 NBA Draft the Los Angeles Lakers select…Kobe Bryant from Lower Merion high-school”.
“Ladies and gentlemen, the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film goes to…’Dear Basketball'”
Dear Los Angeles,
0%. We’re sorry but no matter what you’ve heard from Stephen A. Smith (c’mon) and the like, Kobe Bryant isn’t coming back to play for the Lakers next season. It doesn’t matter how competitive the Black Mamba is. It ain’t happening. He has a new drive. Remember when Michael Jordan said he was 99.9% sure he wasn’t coming out of retirement for a second time in 2001? But then the decimal point saw him suit up for the team he owned the Washington Wizards for two heroic seasons from the greatest of all times? Well there’s no 0.1% this time. It’s just nought. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Nothing.
Dear Ice Cube,
Hi! Big fan. I know it seems like more than a good day, but number 24, or 8 isn’t coming to play half-court in the Big 3 either. The former thirtysomething is old. But he’s not that old. Did you ever think he would? We wish right? Besides Vanessa Bryant has already put a nixing to all that like a Stern veto on Pau for Paul (yeah, even now we never let that go over here. I mean behind Drazen and Dirk, Gasol is the third best European NBA player of all-time for crying ou…O.K. I’ll stop). You’ll just have to settle for T-Mac. Or Carmelo in a few years…or weeks?!
Forget 24, you’ll just have to settle for number 23 like M.J. Just be happy you have Los Angeles Laker, LeBron James (I’m sorry, I can’t not keep saying it as unbelievable as it is) to lead your Ball-ing young core.
Get your cameras ready like Nicholson celebrities courtside. Kobe Bean Bryant and Kobe Inc. are about to really flip the script, changing games. Did you think he was done after winning the first Academy Award in NBA history (what?! Not Space Jam?! I’m sorry Mike. I guess 24 really is one over 23. Don’t tell ‘Bron!), for the amazing animated, off the canvas drawing board like a dry-erase play, ‘Dear Basketball’? His fond and fitting farewell to the game originally scribed on The Players Tribune athlete journal blog site and scored by the legendary John Williams. Young Kobe used to spend nights in hotels postgame playing film and ‘Star Wars’ movies. Now the court conductor is dribbling between the composers strings and cinematic sketches. Hold the phone Speilberg, because Kobe is answering the call. Winning in the same year as ‘Best Actor’, Gary Oldman did for playing the two fingers to the competition, close but no cigar, Winston Churchill, or Guillermo Del Toro did in direction for showing that a swamp thing can find love too in ‘The Shape Of Water’ isn’t enough for the killer instinct of the Mamba man. The Lakers and NBA G.O.A.T. in some circles is aiming for E.G.O.T. You know, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony?
This is how Vino ages like fine wine. In the production cellars of behind the scenes entertainment, playing phantom coach like the time he killed it on the sidelines or in the face mask. The man who couldn’t even barely be stopped by a tore achilles he tried to push back in place, hit a free throw and walk off knows all about moral and redemption stories with a resonating message. He wrote half of them in his other Hollywood career. But now leaving an arena lined with jerseys bannering Magic, Kareem, the logo or Big Shaq, to offices adorned with pictures of Walt Disney, Oprah Winfrey and J.K. Rowling for inspiration, he’s got stories to tell in planned production for the next half of the decade. You get a story! You get a story! You get a story! Bigger than basketball but with the influence from the games “discipline” and “sharp focus”, Kobe’s second entertainment career wind is in a direction akin to Kareem’s wonderful writing (from Abdul-Jabbar’s amazing autobiographies (three in a year?) to his articles in ‘Time’, ‘The Hollywood Reporter’, ‘The Guardian’ and even his by the book Sherlock Holmes fiction). Bryant says the latest work he’s doing is like if “Harry Potter and the Olympics had a baby” (Quiditch becoming a gold medal sport by Tokyo, 2020?). And currently he even has his Peanuts inspired ‘The Punies’ coming faster than a Charlie Brown fastball that we’ll all fall for. The man leaves the peanut shell bleachers of basketball to crack open the second half of his professional life. Stepping out of ESPN’s ‘Musecage’, the Black Mamba has a whole new book to write (as well as some YA fantasy novels) for his legendary legacy of crowd pleasing history.
Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats.
This is 40. Happy Birthday Bean!
Dear Laura Ingraham,
Oh, and like the King this new Hollywood mogul in a whole new game and arena is not just going to shut up and dribble.
And the winner is…
MVP Brandon Clarke dominates, leads Grizzlies to 2019 NBA Summer League Title
Canadian Brandon Clarke, the 21st pick of the 2019 Draft dominated the NBA’s annual summer showcase — becoming the first player to take home both tournament and championship game most valuable player honors with a dominant 15 points, 16 rebounds double-double. The No. 8 Memphis Grizzlies the Minnesota Timberwolves 95-92 to win the 2019 NBA Summer League championship.
The former Gonzaga standout added 4 assists, 3 blocks and a steal in 25 minutes.
In six games of summer league action, Clark averaged 14.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.8 blocks per game. The Vancouver native shot 55% from the field and becomes the first ever Canadian to win MVP at the NBA Summer League.
Clarke was also named to the first-team all-NBA Summer League team. Other standouts included fellow Canadians Nickeil Alexander-Walker who joined Clarke on the first-team. Toronto Raptors forward Chris Boucher was named to the second-team.
New Knick RJ Barrett Treated Las Vegas Summer League Like A New York Playground
Magnitudes off the Richter. An earthquake hit Sin City like jackpot in the NBA’s Summer League in Las Vegas, Nevada out in the desert last week.
And as the Jumbo-tron still shook like the music it was pumping, many people in awe inspired attendance would have been forgiven for thinking it was Zion. As the Duke standout and the first pick in the 2019 NBA Draft Williamson made us feel more tremors than Kevin Bacon. As the new New Orleans Pelican burst out the hardwood and flew, man-handling a steal off an opponent who’s just a poster now’s inbounds pass and put back a viscous, signature slam that felt like they still tested atomic bombs out in the Nevada desert overlooking the electric, neon skyline. All whilst new and former teammates respectively, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Anthony Davis looked on with “here comes the big airplane” mouths.
But after the road to Mount Zion’s knee injury lead to more Patrick Ewing ice than up there in Japan’s Mount Fuji, it was better the Blue Devil you know. As the Knicks third pick RJ Barrett ended up moving the needle more over this scorching, seasonal tourney of the youthful future of this association. Looking as good as those beautiful blue Knicks Summer League jerseys that are so clean we want to see them fresh off the press in the the NBA Store in NYC. So much so that even if RJ handed you one of his autographed signatures post game you’d still be like, “you got this in a medium?”
Sounding better than all those thirsty announcers singing “Summer Leeeeague” like The Isley Brothers this time of year classic, ‘Summer Breeze’. Making everything feel fine as he blew through defenders like the Jasmine in my mind. RJ initialed his dynamic debut and mainstream moment. Making Knicks’ fans almost forget that they just lost out on their number one goal, Zion Williamson. Or their free agent duo desire of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, who ended up on the other side of New York, across that bridge from Manhattan in Brooklyn with the Nets…almost. Following the sweated out, hard nosed 90’s were only Jordan and Starks shots got in the way of golden era glory, the Knicks’ now have their first real leader in the post Porzingis era since Syracuse star ‘Melo for the Orangemen.
And he’s not alone. Barrett who was choosing Knicks’ mannequin heads to bucket on New York’s Late Night show with Jimmy Fallon nights before the draft cap has plenty to pass to in a Pelican rivaling young core of young guns, Kevin Knox and Allonzo Trier, new free agent signing Julius Randle (this Pel is still a big ‘cat out of Kentucky like Anthony Davis or DeMarcus Cousins reunited on the Lake Show like purple and gold fans hoped he would be too), Elfrid Payton and of course the soaring Dennis Smith Jr. Not to mention a bolstered bench of Taj Gibson and Reggie Bullock from more than midtown. Call it Chelsea, the Tribeca or even Battery Park after the High-Line of the Meatpacking District. The future of this franchise to the naked eye of ignorance is about to look better than the view from that new Vessel structure in Hudson Yards.
Barrett began in Vegas with some early snake eyes trouble. But rolling the dice again he turned into a killer like Brandon Flowers. The man. Come round. Nothing can break. Nothing can break him down. First he scorched California’s new look King sized Lakers for 21 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. But it was his spell in his last Summer forecast against the Wizards were RJ showed Washington that just like NYC, DC may be America’s capital, but there’s nothing like New York, New York. He was so good you had to check the instant replay twice, with another 21 and 10, two perfect precision passes off cashing in a triple-double chip like he was a team that had both James Harden and Russell Westbrook on their roster roll call. Houston, do you read me?
Averages of 15.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists in a televised tournament that is basically a glorified practice scrimmage (tell me, do you even know who won the thing?) show he will be above so. The Canadian Maple Mamba has that syrup for your bacon. Even without free agent big names like Kevin and Kyrie who are one more decision away from being journeymen, forget super-teams, the Knicks may have a lifer in RJ from Coach K’s Duke fraternity administration in the association now. Can you relate? Barrett could be brilliant and New York no longer a rotten apple. But a couple of big names away from having their title again in the Mecca of Madison Square Garden’s, World’s Most Famous Arena in bright Times Square lights.
It’s almost a New Year for New York, time for the ball to drop.
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